Sunday Visit: we never know

This Sunday I invite you to read a post by my friend, Emily.  I met Emily through my blog, and got to know her as she moved from Wheaton, Illinois to Oregon to begin work on her doctorate in psychology.  Emily loves Jesus, loves kids, loves my family, and has a particular heart for children from “hard places.”  Last summer when Russ was in Kenya for three weeks, Emily came to stay with me and love on my kids. We even got to share Whidbey Island with her last summer.

She wrote a post recently that touched me deeply and reminded me of the importance of simply living our lives in way that reflects Jesus.  So often we don’t know if we are doing anything of significance for God – but as Emily shows us, loving our children, being kind to one another, and taking time to listen, can lead somebody closer to Jesus.

I’ll give you a taste of her post, We Never Know.  Don’t miss it.

…They didn’t think about the fact that from the kitchen she could hear on the baby monitor how they prayed earnestly when they put their youngest to bed- (even though she was just a baby and it wasn’t like she could even understand all of these words about her growing into faith and joy and strength!).

They didn’t know that she saw through the window that they held hands as they walked from the car up to the house.

When they told her she could feel free to borrow whatever books on the bookshelves looked interesting, they didn’t realize she was paying attention to how dog-eared and underlined the devotionals and Bible studies were. That she read the thoughtful notes and prayers they’d written in the margins as well as the authors’ words…

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Emily
    October 21, 2012

    I love you.

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    1. Emily
      October 21, 2012

      And also I love this picture!!

      Reply
  2. Tricia
    October 21, 2012

    this post touched my heart as well – we REALLY never know….hugs to you Em.

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    1. Emily
      October 21, 2012

      Hugs back. 🙂

      Reply
  3. shelley
    October 21, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this today Lisa. I think it was for me! I needed to hear Emily's words and be reminded how important the mundane of life is. Thanks friend !:)

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  4. Heidi
    October 21, 2012

    Thank you. Living for Jesus in my little home, with soon to be four little children, it is quite easy to think I'm not doing enough to reach out. But maybe, living faithfully is the important thing.

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  5. momof12
    October 21, 2012

    You and I sound a lot alike.
    Sandy

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  6. jomegs
    October 21, 2012

    i really needed to read this tonight. Thank you for sharing it.

    Reply
  7. karenpullin
    October 24, 2012

    That was wonderful!

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